Viola Bow by Andre Chardon, Paris c.1935
André Chardon, born 1897, died 1963, comes from a long line of violin makers which began with Georges Chanot (1801-1883).
Son and Pupil of violin maker Marie Joseph Antoine Georges Chardon, André Chardon began his collaboration with his father in 1912. Learnt violin making, then turned to bows after WWI. He took over the family firm after his father’s death in 1949.
André Chardon swiftly gained a good reputation both for his violin and bow making and was considered an expert.
Many splendid bows bear his name – very successful in preserving the Tourte-Lupot heads – fine pernambuco sticks. Immaculate design and workmanship.
Bows made by André Chardon are stamped ‘Chanot & Chardon Paris’ to the shaft, and ‘CCC’ under the frog with the second C upside down.
Bows stamped ‘CC Paris’ or ‘Chanot & Chardon Paris’ to the shaft, without the stamp ‘CCC’ under the frog, were made by different makers for Chanot-Chardon.
Including; august Barbé, Victor Fetique, Marcel Lapierre, François Lotte, Louis Piernot and Justin Poirson.
The round stick of pernambuco of a light orange-brown colour. Silver mounted ebony frog inlaid with pearl eye. Three part silver adjuster inlaid with pearl eye.
Stamped ‘CHANOT et CHARDON.PARIS’ on the shaft and ‘CCC’ on the stick beneath the frog.
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